You know the line I mean, from Lord of the Rings: "One scarf to rule them all, and in the closet bind them"... or something. "Them" being all my jackets and coats and sweaters and shoes. The one perfect scarf I need to unite all my reds and my blues.
It's a gorgeous Burberry scarf. Navy and white and red plaid. And since it's Burberry I paid too much for it. I know. But it is the perfect navy, and the perfect red that I need to go with my new Montcler anorak, and my red loafers.
|The exact scarf I need to match my new coat and loafers.|
But, this scarf is the ONE. And ... what a lovely feeling to pull this coat and scarf out of my closet, throw on my jeans and a tee, push my feet into my red loafers... and feel fabulous. Even if I am only going to the grocery store.
|This scarf makes me happy, and the sunshine helps too!|
The other day, when I was playing around with outfit combinations, I pulled on this old Max Mara suit from 2002, a red Gap tee shirt, my red loafers, and my Burberry scarf. Huh. I like this outfit too. I left the scarf loose, for a softer look, since the jacket is long and softly structured, and the pants are wide in the leg, and kind of flowy. Or more flowy than I normally wear, at any rate. This scarf seems to be the exact shade of navy for all my navy pieces. Old and new.
|Looking serious in my new scarf and shoes, with my old Max Mara suit.|
But, my go-to outfit all week has been the one below. My new scarf with my navy Veronica Beard jacket, a pair of high-rise AG jeans, my red loafers, and a tee. I've worn this to a breakfast meet-up with fifteen of my former colleagues, all happily retired now. To a doctor's appointment, to the library, shopping. It's my current favourite running around town to wherever look.
I do believe I'm going to be downright boring for the foreseeable future, outfit-wise. But I'll happily pass up variety in my closet for a few pieces that I love. And which all work with each other. Boring for some maybe. But eminently satisfying to me to feel that rush of pleasure when everything feels so right together.
Sigh. I even match my deck furniture.
Okay. Now that was accidental.
|A lady does like to co-ordinate with her deck furniture.|
The joys of retirement... second breakfasts. Elevenses. Lunch with the ladies. Followed by a more rigorous walking schedule if I plan to continue to fit into my skinny jeans.
But therein lies the beauty of investing in a lovely scarf, my friends.
It will always, always fit. Ha.
Now if only I could find the ONE bag. A lovely, red, cross-body bag. I've been looking, but I don't expect to find everything I'm looking for at the same time. Where's the challenge in that?
By the way, I wrote about fashion inspiration and my old Max Mara suit this week over on Brenda Ray Coffee's blog 1010 Park Place. Here's the link if you want to have a look.
So, what fashion adventures are you having this week, folks? Made any small additions to your closet lately? Small additions that make a big difference?
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